These talks are more technical than the school shows, so are mostly suitable for physics and astronomy events, and physics students aged 16+. If you're unsure, feel free to get in touch.
In 1916 Albert Einstein suggested that gravitational waves could be a product of his theory of relativity. A century later, in arguably the most technically challenging physics measurement ever undertaken, scientists at the LIGO facility confirmed his prediction. Since then we have used these waves to learn more about some of the most energetic phenomena in our Universe and we are now using these tools to understand our Universe as never before.
James Webb Space Telescope
Since its launch in 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope has been the workhorse of astronomy delivering amazing images and discoveries about our Universe. Almost from its launch however, astronomers started thinking about what came next. Over 30 years later, we have an answer to that question - the James Webb Space Telescope. A remarkable technical achievement, JWST was built to see more clearly and further into space than ever before and the initial images have truly delivered on that promise. Join us as we chat about the purpose of JWST, how its incredible performance was achieved, and prepare to be blown away by the images we have so far!
The Higgs Boson
In 2012 scientists announced the discovery of a new particle, with high hopes that it was the one for which they had been searching for the past four decades. By 2013, it was confirmed: the Higgs boson had been found. To understand the significance of the Higgs, we will need to dive deep into particle physics from the standard model to symmetry breaking and appreciate the incredible technology that went into its discovery.
Kettering Buccleuch Academy
"Oliver spoke on the way home today and very much enjoyed and enthused over the talk, he was impressed with everything. Thank you as a school for giving the children exciting lessons to learn and explore."